Tuesday, May 15, 2007

BBC: 'Inequality rife' for young girls

Girls are more likely than boys to be malnourished, suffer poverty, face violence and be refused an education, according to a new report.

  • Some 121m children do not attend primary school - 54% of those are girls
  • 82m girls in developing countries who are now aged 10-17 will be married before their 18th birthday
  • In some countries, most girls marry before their 18th birthday: India (50%), Nepal (60%) and Niger (76%)
  • Worldwide, some 14m 15-to-19-year-olds give birth each year
  • Girls aged 15-19 are twice as likely to die in childbirth as those in their 20s
Source: Plan report

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